site.btaNational Sky Observation Festival Opens in Taurus Mountains in Antalya
The 2022 National Sky Observation Festival started in the Saklikent district in the Taurus Mountains (Province of Antalya) in Turkey. The annual event has been running since 1998. It gathers astronomers from all around Turkey.
The 2022 festival was opened Thursday at the base of the National Observatory of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), located 2,500 metres above sea level. It will continue until August 21.
Telescopes are placed in the area to observe various celestial objects. There is a tent camp, as well. The event is being covered by many Turkish and foreign media.
The opening ceremony was attended by Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, Antalya Governor Ersin Yazici, TUBITAK President Hasan Mandal, Akdeniz University Rector Ozlenen Ozkan, among others.
The festival is organized by TUBITAK in cooperation with the Turkish Ministries of Industry and Technology, Youth and Sports, Culture and Tourism, the Province of Antalya, Akdeniz University, and Turkish Tourism Promotion and Development Agency.
Addressing the visitors, Varank said it had not been possible to organize the event in the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating wildfires that affected many areas of Western and Southern Turkey, including the Saklikent district.
BTA Special Correspondent Nora Cholakova contributed to this story